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General · 14th January 2012
Louella Baker
An afternoon concert of fine chamber music will be presented by the Quadra Cultural Committee on Sunday, February 5th at 2:30 PM showcasing Vancouver-based Trio Accord and guest pianist Ian Parker. The Trio and Mr. Parker enjoy performing in intimate settings suited to the spirit of chamber music and the Quadra Community Centre is a perfect venue for them with it’s small size and lively acoustics. Listeners are able to sit very close to the performers, greatly enhancing their listening experience.

Trio Accord is made up of Mary Sokol Brown, violin; Andrew Brown, viola; and Ariel Barnes, cello. Experienced musicians, holding positions with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and many other musical ensembles as well as performing solo throughout North America, the members of Trio Accord are becoming known as one of Canada’s premier chamber ensembles.

“Enchanting. That is the best word to describe the performance of Trio Accord,” said Heleni Davison, of The Barnacle Island Journal, Saltspring Island. “The players are gifted instrumentalists with strong individual personalities that rebound off each other in memorable ways... it was the interpretive depth of their performance that most engaged the capacity audience... from the first few notes there was no doubt of excellence...” David Nordstrom.

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker is the younger cousin of concert pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Jamie Parker (of the Gryphon Trio.) Ian holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.” Ian was First Prize winner at the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition, and has also won the Grand Prize at the Canadian National Music Festival, the Corpus Christie International Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. At The Juilliard School, he received the 2002 William Petschek Piano Debut Award and, on two occasions, was the winner of the Gina Bachauer Piano Scholarship Competition.

An enthusiastic recitalist, Ian Parker has performed across the United States, Western Europe, Israel, and throughout Canada. He divides his time between Vancouver where he teaches and plays chamber music and New York City, where he lives and performs during the concert season.

Ian Parker’s playing was precise and passionate, each note crystalline and clear,” wrote the Edmonton Journal about his performance of Rachmaninoff with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

At their Quadra concert, Trio Accord and Ian Parker will present a Beethoven string trio a Brahms piano quartet, and a brand new commissioned work from Vancouver composer Marcus Goddard entitled “Wind, Sand and Stars.” While sharing unique insights about the music they play, these musicians will enrich your afternoon with musicality, inventiveness and technical brilliance.

Tickets for this afternoon concert are $17 advance at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply on Quadra and the Music Plant in Campbell River. Door price is $20; students 16 and under are admitted free with an adult. For more information, please call 250-285-3560 or visit www.trioaccord.ca